Spreading the local flavours
EVERY morning for breakfast Anthony Hotson spreads a layer of macadamia nut spread on his toast, followed by a layer of Davidson plum jam.
The managing director of Rainforest Foods in Tuckombil is proud of his spreads, especially as the Davidson plum jam recently won bronze at the 2010 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show in the Regional Food category for Sweet Jams.
“It's a fantastic jam,” he said.
“It has a tangy and tart flavour and it's very rich and plummy and high in anti-oxidants as well.”
For the past 16 years Mr Hotson, his brother David and his parents Ian and Beth, have been running Rainforest Foods on their 55ha property and selling their products to various outlets.
“I had spent some time in South America with the Natural Biodiversity Institute where we catalogued beneficial plants in the rainforest,” he explained.
“When I got home it got me thinking about our native plants.”
On his property alone Mr Hotson has recorded 130 different rainforest species.
Aside from Davidson plums, the Hotson family also grows finger limes, lemon myrtle and macadamias which are made into jams, sauces and spreads.
Growing the trees and fruit is not difficult, according to Mr Hotson.
But a particular concern for Rainforest Foods is the need to be able to conserve native rainforests in Australia.
“Part of the profits from our plum jam sales are donated to Rainforest Rescue,” Mr Hotson said.
“This group is buying back areas in North Queensland such as the Daintree to help conserve the habitat.
“The Davidson plum is an example of what we could lose if we don't conserve its natural habitat.”